RWJF Health & Society Scholar:
Demography, Epidemiology, Economics
Area(s) of Expertise:
Use of Biomarkers in Social Research, Role of Stress and Immune Function in Health Inequalities, Social Determinants of Infectious Disease
Jennifer Beam Dowd is currently Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at Hunter College, CUNY School of Public Health, City University of New York (CUNY), and a Faculty Associate, CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR). During 2011-2012, she has been a visiting researcher in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in August 2004, where she specialized in Economics and Demography. She was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar from 2006-2008 at the University of Michigan. Her current research focuses on the interaction of social and biological factors over the life course, in particular how stress and immune function may link social factors to later life health outcomes. Together with Dr. Allison Aiello (Cohort 1), Dowd is carrying out an NIH funded project to examine the link between stress, persistent infections, and telomere length in a sample of respondents from the Whitehall II study in the UK. Another on-going project, together with Dr. Amar Hamoudi (Cohort 5), examines the impacts of recent changes in housing prices on health and well-being using the Health and Retirement Study.